The Sea of Marmara: New Locality for Lepeophtheirus europaensis Zedam, Berrebi, Renaud, Raibaut and Gabrion, 1988 (Copepoda, Siphonostomatoida, Caligidae) from Turkey

Ali Alaş 1 , Ahmet Öktener 2 , and Dilek Türker 3
  • 1 Necmettin Erbakan University, Ahmet Keleşoğlu Education Faculty, Department of Biology, TR-42090, Konya, Turkey
  • 2 Sheep Research Station, Department of Fisheries, , TR-10200, Balıkesir, Turkey
  • 3 Department of Biology, Science Faculty, Balikesir University, TR-10300, Balikesir, Turkey

Abstract

Lepeophtheirus europaensis Zeddam, Berrebi, Renaud, Raibaut and Gabrion, 1988 (Copepoda, Siphonostomatoida, Caligidae) an ectoparasite of flatfishes, was reported for the first time in the Sea of Marmara Coasts.

Some morphological characters of this parasitic copepod are given using original photographs and drawings. The general morphology, the mouth parts (antenna, mandible, maxillule, maxilla, and maxilliped), the outgrowth developed between the post-antennary process and the antenna, the setal and spinal formula from first leg to fourth leg in this study are compatible according to the specific literature.

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